Carya glabra

Common name: Sweet Pignut

Native plant

A tree that is far more common than you’d think because it’s not as iconic as Shagbark and harder to spot in woods loaded with other, more thought-of hickories. Its interlacing bark is very tight on the trunk.  The branches have a lazy arch to them. The fall color is a golden yellow that is a hickory standard. Makes for a real stand-out in any yard as long as you’re willing to put the time in to let it get big. The nuts can be heavy on any given year but rarely make a mess due to their popularity with the squirrels and “nutty” people.


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Woodies- Specialty Tree Tier 1
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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Road-side/Salt Tolerant


Floodplain, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color

Yellowish Catkin

Fall color



Mature height
50 Feet
Mature width
30 Feet
Max height
60 Feet
Max width
50 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Edible fruit

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